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Genesis 27

1When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”

“Here I am,” he answered.

Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”

Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”

11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”

13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”

14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.”

“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

“I am,” he replied.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”

Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”

27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,

“Ah, the smell of my son
    is like the smell of a field
    that the Lord has blessed.
28 May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.”

30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”

“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.”

33 Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”

34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”

36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob[a]? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”

37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.

39 His father Isaac answered him,

“Your dwelling will be
    away from the earth’s richness,
    away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You will live by the sword
    and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
    you will throw his yoke
    from off your neck.”

41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”

42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 27:36 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.

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1 Mosebog 27

Jakob snyder sin far og får den førstefødtes velsignelse

1Da Isak var blevet gammel og ikke længere kunne se, kaldte han en dag sin ældste søn, Esau, til sig.

„Min søn!” sagde han.

„Ja, hvad er der, far?” svarede Esau.

„Jeg er nu en gammel mand og kan dø når som helst. Tag din bue og dine pile og gå ud og skyd mig et stykke vildt. Tilbered så en lækker ret mad—sådan som jeg kan lide den. Bring den så her, så jeg kan nyde den og give dig min velsignelse, inden jeg dør.”

Nu stod Rebekka imidlertid og lyttede, da Isak talte til Esau. Så da Esau gik ud for at skyde noget vildt til sin far, kaldte hun på Jakob og sagde: „Jeg hørte din far sige til din bror: ‚Skyd mig et stykke vildt og tilbered det, så jeg kan spise det. Bagefter vil jeg give dig Herrens velsignelse, inden jeg dør.’ Men hør nu godt efter, Jakob, og gør nøjagtig, som jeg siger: Gå ud og hent mig to af de bedste gedekid fra flokken, så skal jeg lave en lækker ret mad, sådan som din far kan lide den. 10 Derefter skal du servere maden for din far, så han kan nyde den og give dig velsignelsen, inden han dør.”

11 „Jamen mor,” indvendte Jakob. „Esaus hud er jo lige så lodden, som min er glat. 12 Hvad nu, hvis far føler på mig? Så opdager han, at jeg bedrager ham, og så får jeg en forbandelse i stedet for en velsignelse.”

13 Men hans mor svarede: „Forbandelsen tager jeg på mig! Bare gør, som jeg siger. Gå nu ud og hent de gedekid!”

14 Så gik Jakob ud og hentede kiddene og gav hende dem, hvorefter hun tilberedte en lækker ret mad, sådan som hans far kunne lide den. 15 Dernæst tog hun Esaus bedste tøj og gav Jakob det på. 16 Hans glatte arme og hals dækkede hun med skindet fra gedekiddene. 17 Så rakte hun ham den lækre mad og det brød, hun havde bagt. 18 Han gik så ind med det og sagde: „Værsgo, far!”

„Tak!” sagde Isak. „Hvem er det, der taler?”

19 „Det er Esau, din ældste søn!” svarede Jakob. „Jeg har gjort, som du sagde! Sæt dig nu op og spis vildtet, så du kan give mig din velsignelse!”

20 „Hvordan bar du dig ad med at klare det så hurtigt, min søn?”

„Herren, din Gud, sendte byttet lige i armene på mig!” svarede Jakob.

21 „Kom nærmere,” sagde Isak, „så jeg kan røre ved dig og mærke, om det virkelig er dig, Esau!” 22 Så gik Jakob hen til sin far, og Isak følte på ham. „Det er Jakobs stemme, men Esaus arme,” sagde han undrende.

23 Han genkendte ikke Jakob på grund af de behårede arme, som jo måtte være Esaus. Inden Isak velsignede ham, 24 spurgte han igen:

„Det er Esau, ikke?”

„Jo, selvfølgelig!” svarede Jakob.

25 „Giv mig da maden, så jeg kan spise den og velsigne dig.”

Jakob rakte ham maden og vinen, og han spiste og drak. 26 Bagefter sagde Isak: „Kom hen og kys mig på kinden, min dreng!” 27 Da Jakob kom hen for at kysse sin far på kinden, kunne Isak mærke duften af Esaus tøj, og han velsignede ham med ordene:

„Duften af min søn er som duften af den jord, Herren har velsignet. 28 Gud vil velsigne din afgrøde med væde fra himlen og næring fra jorden. Du får korn og vin i overflod. 29 Folkeslag skal tjene dig og ærbødigt bøje sig for dig. Du og din slægt skal herske over din bror og hans slægt. Forbandet være enhver, der forbander dig—og velsignet være enhver, der velsigner dig.”

30 Da Isak var færdig med at velsigne ham, og Jakob lige var gået, kom Esau hjem fra jagten. 31 Han tilberedte en lækker ret mad og bragte den ind til sin far: „Her er jeg, Far. Sæt dig nu op og spis mit vildt, så du kan give mig din velsignelse!”

32 „Hvad!” udbrød Isak forvirret. „Hvem er du?”

„Esau—din ældste søn!”

33 Da blev Isak bestyrtet og rystede voldsomt over hele kroppen. „Jamen, hvem var det da, som bragte mig vildt før du kom? Jeg har allerede spist, og nu har han fået velsignelsen!”

34 Ved de ord udstødte Esau et jamrende skrig og råbte: „Giv dog også mig en velsignelse, far!”

35 „Det kan jeg ikke, Esau. Din bror snød mig og stjal din velsignelse!”

36 „Ikke så underligt, at han hedder Jakob! Nu har han bedraget mig to gange!” sagde Esau bittert. „Først tog han min førstefødselsret, og nu har han stjålet min velsignelse! Har du dog ikke en velsignelse til mig også?”

37 „Nej, for jeg har gjort ham til hersker over dig,” sagde Isak. „Din slægt har jeg gjort til tjenere for hans slægt, og jeg har lovet ham overflod af korn og vin. Hvad har jeg tilbage at give dig, min søn?”

38 „Har du kun den ene velsignelse, Far? Velsign dog også mig!” Esau brast i gråd.

39 Men Isak svarede: „Din boplads bliver langt fra den frugtbare jord og fra himlens væde. 40 Med dit sværd skal du skaffe dig føden, og du skal tjene din bror, indtil du ryster hans åg af dig.”

Jakob flygter til sin morbror i Paddan-Aram

41 Esau bar nag til Jakob, fordi han havde stjålet hans velsignelse, og han sagde til sig selv: „Om kort tid dør far. Så slår jeg Jakob ihjel!” 42 Da Rebekka fik nys om, hvad hendes ældste søn havde i sinde, kaldte hun straks Jakob til sig og fortalte ham om Esaus hensigter. „Esau vil hævne sig og skaffe dig af vejen,” sagde hun. 43 „Gør nu, som jeg siger: Flygt til din onkel Laban i Karan 44 og bliv der, til din brors vrede er kølnet af, 45 og han har glemt, hvad du har gjort imod ham. Når han ikke er vred længere, sender jeg bud til dig, så du kan komme tilbage. Jeg vil ikke kunne bære at miste jer begge på en gang.”[a]

46 Til Isak sagde Rebekka: „Jeg er inderligt træt af de hittitiske kvinder! Jeg vil hellere dø end opleve, at Jakob gifter sig med en af dem.”

Footnotes

  1. 27,45 Hvis Esau slog Jakob ihjel, ville han selv blive henrettet.